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Originally Posted by Stanley View Post
Just locate an electronics geek and have them resolder it. Don't do this yourself, no offense.
Originally Posted by BrianLachoreVPI View Post
Unless you have real experience in this - I wouldn't try to hand solder this at all. Not only is it a precise operation - but depending on the circuit - it's very easy to do damage that you can't even see due to excessive heat transfer. In otherwords - while soldering leads/legs/pins may seem easy - today's PCBs have multiple layers and very thin traces that can easily be damaged by heat transfer from a soldering iron. Additionally, even if the traces survive the heat transfer - there are sensitive components whose silicon junctions may be damaged. At any rate, I'd be very reticent to try this repair myself without the right equipment/skillset as well as a good idea of what the circuit was and what circuits are nearby.
Originally Posted by John T View Post
Looking at your photo of the capacitor, it doesn't appear to be damaged (capacitors of this type don't have leads, their connection to the circuit board are via the "pads" on each end.), in actual fact, they are very robust.

As has already been said, you need to locate somebody who is experienced with the use of a soldering iron - the circuit board is easily damaged if one doesn't know what they are doing!

In the most unlikely event of the existing component being faulty, once you know the value (any decent meter that reads capacitance will ascertain this) a new one will be readily available from any electronic component supplier.
Originally Posted by Stanley View Post
Chances are near 100% that the component and circuit board are just fine.

It's just a tricky, hair-splitting solder job. I did it once and it is way harder than normal everyday soldering. Which seems unfamiliar to you (no offense).

So you need a geek that has done this before, who will already have the correct tools, magnifying glasses on fixed mounts, and supplies.

No offense taken. As I mentioned in my earlier posts I'm not the one who's gonna do the soldering, I'll leave that to a pro.

My main concern was that I didn't know if a resoldering would be possible or if it would with most certainty ruin the whole board. With no other options in sight (other than just throwing away the whole thing) and with some of you saying it could be possible, I'm gonna have someone do the job and just try it.

Thanks for all the help everybody!
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